Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Differentiate \Dif`fer*en"ti*ate\, v. t.
To distinguish or mark by a specific difference; to effect a difference in, as regards classification; to develop differential characteristics in; to specialize; to desynonymize.
The word then was differentiated into the two forms then and than.
Two or more of the forms assumed by the same original word become differentiated in signification.
To express the specific difference of; to describe the properties of (a thing) whereby it is differenced from another of the same class; to discriminate.
(Math.) To obtain the differential, or differential coefficient, of; as, to differentiate an algebraic expression, or an equation.
Differentiate \Dif`fer*en"ti*ate\, v. i. (Biol.)
To acquire a distinct and separate character.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1816, from Medieval Latin differentiatus, past participle of differentiare, from Latin differentia (see difference).\n
\nOriginally a mathematical term; transitive and non-technical sense of "discriminate between" is from 1876. Earlier, difference had been used as a verb in this sense. Related: Differentiated; differentiating; differentiation.
vb. (context transitive English) To show, or be the distinction between two things.
calculate a derivative; take the derivative [ant: integrate]
become different during development; "cells differentiate" [ant: dedifferentiate]
become distinct and acquire a different character
Usage examples of "differentiate".
There is no independent data indicating any variation whatever in the methods of the admixture of black or colored inks, which differentiates them from those used in the earliest times of the ancient Egyptians, Hebrews or Chinese.
It has often been affirmed that Tolstoy was an eminently natural, subconscious, elemental man, and that in this he was akin to primitive man, as yet imperfectly differentiated from nature.
In an effort to differentiate themselves, both polities were early adopters of economic trends such as deregulation, equities, venture capital, entrepreneurship, privatization and hi-tech.
It remains to decide whether there can be any differentia derived from the genus to which the differentiated thing belongs, or whether it must of necessity belong to another genus?
Surely not: the differentiae must come from outside the genus differentiated: they must be differentiae of Being proper, but cannot be identical with it.
The source of power, according to the doctrinaire democrats was in the broadest, most undifferentiated mass of the population, and not in the spiritually differentiated strata born with the mission of accomplishing the life-task of the Nation, and actualizing the national Idea.
Cows that don't conceive have their tails cut to differentiate them from the fertile cows, whose tails are left long.
Zoroastrian dualism, the same arrogant assumption that the Goddess could be banished, when all that was banished was a poorly differentiated mythos that many ecofeminists have severely reinterpreted to fit their ideology.
In Kansas City the usual gaggle of esurient sycophants who cannot differentiate between the Artist and the Art rushed the podium for autographs and cheap thrills such as the pressing of flesh.
The attributes of guides as differentiated from soulmates and other supportive entities will be examined in Chapter Eight.
A deposit of these rocks lies in the Vale of Clwyd and probably flanks the eastern side of the Pennine Hills, although here it is not so readily differentiated from the Keuper beds.
It is a peculiarity of kleptomania, as you are no doubt aware, that the subject is unable to differentiate between the intrinsic values of objects.
The previous differentiated self is integrated into the newly emerging self, which must likewise stably differentiate itself from the others in its newly emerging environment.
At the next level, synchrony occurs between the various organs, in the sense that they all keep to the same period, even though the cells have differentiated into disparate types.
With the Greeks the tetrachord was the unit of analysis as the octave is with us to-day, and all Greek scales are capable of division into two tetrachords, the arrangement of the intervals between the tones in each tetrachord differentiating one scale from another, but the tetrachords themselves always consisting of groups of four tones, the highest being a perfect fourth above the lowest.